Women Worldwide with Deirdre Breakenridge

For every dollar you spend, are you making it back? Are you making more? For any successful business person or entrepreneur, it is important to take decisive action and to be able to quantify the profits those actions translate into. Ultimately, success is all about asking the right questions and taking action. And if you are caught up in forever planning your next move this episode of Women Worldwide is for you.


Robyn Crane is a Money and Business Growth Expert and in-demand speaker focused on helping service-based female entrepreneurs grow their businesses. She is widely known for her work as the host of the television show The Financial G-Spot and the radio show Let’s Talk Money. Robyn is also a four-time #1 best-selling author, and her latest book is titled Make More Money, Help More People.


In this episode of Women Worldwide, Robyn gets you energized to take action yourself! She provides you with some important tools and some helpful resources to help you make more money—and help more people.


In This Episode

  • Robyn’s journey from artist to financial guru
  • Finding the RIGHT business coach and passing the “mentor test”
  • Taking ACTION: “planners” vs. “action-takers”
  • The true cost of inaction and true return on investment
  • Creating a business that fits the life you want


Quotes in This Episode

“Selling and really closing sales is totally transformational when you have something incredibly valuable to offer.” —Robyn Crane


“When people pay, they pay attention.” —Robyn Crane


“Once you make a certain amount of money, you’re good. But why do you want to make more money? The reason I want to make more money is because ... I believe that when you make more money, you help more people.” —Robyn Crane


“The creators and the planners, I hate to say it, but they’re always making less money or very little money compared to those who take action.” —Robyn Crane


“A confused mind says ‘no’ and does nothing.” —Robyn Crane


“The richest people on this planet are willing to be wrong, but they do not sit.” —Robyn Crane


“I want to surround myself with people who are doing way better than I am!” —Robyn Crane



Robyn Crane's blog

A FREE download of Robyn’s book Make More Money, Help More People

The Financial G-Spot

Robyn’s radio show appearances

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Category:Business -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

Today on Women Worldwide, we are talking about impact on a global scale. There are so many ways to make a positive impact on our own lives, on the lives of the people around us, and on the planet we all share. Together we can thrive!


Women Worldwide alum Cameron Brown is an adventure seeker, international speaker, storyteller, corporate trainer, and founder of The Thriving Collective. He has traveled the world seeking to create impact and has immersed himself in diverse communities and cultures worldwide. His travels have taken him all over in an effort to help people everywhere thrive. Cameron does this by teaching others how to create impact personally, professionally, and environmentally.


Stay tuned to hear all about Cameron’s amazing journey and learn about his mission to leave thriving communities in his wake. From an animal sanctuary in Bogota, Colombia, to speaking engagements in Canada complete with piano accompaniment, you won’t want to miss a stop on Cameron’s journey.


In This Episode

  • The Impact Diaries: Bettering the world through music, film, and education
  • World travels
  • Using technology to bring people together
  • Saving the planet
  • Taking care of yourself so you can create Impact


Quotes in This Episode

“Even though I’ve learned something in the past, there are ongoing places and situations that I am exposed to that allow me to learn it at a deeper level.” —Cameron Brown


“The Thriving Collective–which is the company that I run–the mission is very much about inspiring people to make a greater impact.” —Cameron Brown


“I write songs about emotional intelligence, and about human behavior, about sustainability, about relationships, and these areas that can help us grow and evolve and be good stewards of the planet.” —Cameron Brown


“It seems a little crazy to destroy the things that are keeping us alive.” —Cameron Brown


“Technology, when used purposefully, can bring people closer together—the way that a lot of people use it at the moment is creating a sea of shallow relationships, and for me, it’s been the exact opposite.” —Cameron Brown


“You know that something isn’t quite right with our planet and the way we are treating it when war is what keeps it ‘safe’ and peace is what destroys it.” —Cameron Brown


“First and foremost, health and wellness must be an absolute priority!” —Cameron Brown



Follow Cameron on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Visit Cameron’s website

The Impact Diaries

Listen to Cameron’s first conversation on Women Worldwide

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:56pm EDT

Let’s talk about learning social media! Not only has social media become a ubiquitous tool in our personal lives, but it's one in our academic and professional lives, too. Whether you’re a student, professor, or professional, you have to step out of your comfort zone to embrace technology and explore how to build relationships through new media.


Karen Freberg is an Associate Professor in Strategic Communications at the University of Louisville as well as an adjunct instructor for the Integrated Marketing and Communications Graduate Online Program at West Virginia University. She is a consultant actively involved in researching new directions in public relations, reputation management, crisis communications, and of course social media and author of the upcoming textbook Social Media for Strategic Communication: Creative Strategies and Research-Based Applications. (Women Worldwide listeners can pre-order a copy here.)


Stay tuned as we dive into Karen’s celebrated work in the world of teaching social media, and discuss the pros and cons of using social media—from building relationships and creating a community to cyberbullying and “fake news.”


In This Episode

  • The pros and cons of leveraging social media
  • Karen Freberg’s New York Time’s best-selling book and forthcoming, full-length textbook
  • How to prevent cyberbullying by thinking twice before hitting send
  • Verifying the veracity of our social media new sources
  • Choosing how and where we spend our valuable time and attention online
  • Networking and building relationships


Quotes in This Episode

“I tell my students all the time that I have three weaknesses: coffee, shoes, and technology.” —Karen Freberg


“I love the fact that social media allows you to become your own media outlet and establish your own brand.” —Karen Freberg


“It’s very tempting to be first without going through the facts.” —Karen Freberg


“From an ethical point of view, I try to lead by example. I tell my students, my personal philosophy on social media is to be positive.” —Karen Freberg


“Time and attention are our two biggest currencies that we have right now on social media.” —Karen Freberg


“The Rock can call me Dr. Karen.” —Karen Freberg



Karen's PR and Social Media Blog

Connect with Karen on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn

Pre-Order Social Media for Strategic Communication

Buy "A Roadmap for Teaching Social Media"


Direct download: KarenFrebergonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

At some point in our lives, we will all face adversity. But if we want to be better leaders, if we want to embrace happier and more successful lives, we need to find the diamond in the rough of those difficult—sometimes even harrowing—experiences.


Dr. James Kelley is a speaker, host of the podcast Executives After Hours, and author of the upcoming book The Crucible’s Gift. Throughout his conversations with other leaders, James has honed in on how unique stories and adverse experiences help the best leaders become more self-aware, compassionate, and relatable so they can lead with more integrity. Today he’ll share with you some of what he has learned.


Follow along as James explains why he calls these moments crucibles, how they can shape and define us for better or worse, and how you can use these experiences to become a better leader.


In This Episode

  • Moments that make up a leader’s crucible
  • The different ways adversity can shape a person
  • James’ personal crucible experiences
  • How to find the gift in difficult, defining experiences
  • Why feedback should come from both above and below you


Quotes in This Episode

“Leaders who really thrive by using their adversity to springboard their life and their career—and their person if you will—they found the gift in what that adversity gave them. ” —James Kelley


“I never think that anyone's journey is any different, better, or worse than anyone's. It's just theirs.” —James Kelley


“You can fail and you can own it and you can pull it apart and you can punch it in the face. But you must get back up and you must keep going.” —James Kelley


“The hardest thing to get a leader to do is to be self-aware of their weaknesses.” —James Kelley


“Compassion for others is important, but it really starts with compassion with yourself.” —James Kelley



The Crucible’s Gift


Subscribe to Executives After Hours

Connect with James on Twitter, LinkedIn, or send him an email


Direct download: Dr.JamesKelleyonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm EDT

When you think about work, or when you sit down at your desk every day, do you feel awesome at what you do? Are you happy? Or perhaps you suffer from imposter syndrome, or you are simply bored or burned out with your career.


Pete Mockaitis, founder of Awesome at Your Job, is an award-winning trainer who's served clients in 50 countries. His work has enhanced Fortune 100 corporations, high-growth startups, and major nonprofits. He's conducted one-on-one critical thinking coaching sessions for over 700 thinkers from every Ivy League university and numerous world-class organizations, including Apple, Goldman Sachs, and Google.


Follow along as Pete explains how to be your best self at work every day, from becoming a better critical thinker to focusing on clarity to treating happiness as the ultimate currency.


In This Episode

  • How to discover professional clarity and focus
  • Why every professional, at every level, needs to be a critical thinker
  • The work environment attributes that lead to boredom and disengagement
  • How cognitive biases affect product development
  • Different altitudes or horizons of focus


Quotes in This Episode

“At [an early] age, I learned, whoa, books make you better at stuff! That has just stuck with me forever, just that notion of knowledge really truly being power.” —Pete Mockaitis


“It's kind of rare that we devote a dedicated chunk of time to getting clarity on something. So, if you take that in the context of a skilled coach, and we're focusing for 30 minutes, 60 minutes on a question, you can unleash a whole lot of clarity at times in a fairly short window.” —Pete Mockaitis


“[Helping people think critically is] just a matter of building up the confidence associated with it. Once they are in the habit of having helpful, on-target thoughts, it's just a matter of encouraging folks to go and soar with it.” —Pete Mockaitis


“I think if you feel awesome at your job 100% of the time, you might not be challenging yourself enough, unless you have a very wise and holistic view of awesome, which includes failing from time to time and learning from those experiences.” —Pete Mockaitis


“When it comes to career stuff, I really recommend that you think of happiness as the ultimate currency. It's not money or prestige or appreciation or learning and growth… Your happiness is the ultimate priority.” —Pete Mockaitis



How to Be Awesome at Your Job

Listen to Deirdre’s guest appearance on the Awesome at Your Job podcast

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:15pm EDT

Are you thinking about your next career adventure? Perhaps your job no longer gives you purpose or you’re feeling burned out. If you’re ready to make a change, there are tools—and possibly even counsel—necessary to get you where you want to go.


Emily Kapit is an industry-leading career strategist and the founder of ReFresh Your Step, a career advisory firm with national and international clients. Emily is one of the youngest global professionals to become a three-time certified master resume writer. She’s been profiled by Forbes, she’s a founding member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and was recently noted as one of the nation's 10 Resume Experts We Love by Recruiter.com.


Tune in as Emily discusses how more professionals are unhappy at work than most people realize, and if any of the feelings sound familiar, how you can work with a team of experts to start on a brand new career path.


In This Episode

  • How emotional intelligence plays a key role in career advising
  • Connecting your skills and achievements to a new career path
  • Why business owners need to automate and delegate
  • Using an accountability partner to keep your goals on track
  • How to leverage social media (and why you should)


Quotes in This Episode

“It's a safe place [to open up], and a lot of clients are in desperate need of that, because they're dealing with whatever's going on at work.” —Emily Kapit


“And so I'm trying to navigate this opportunity that I have in front of me to really, really grow the business in a little bit of a different way, and have a different structure for other client work, but trying to do that while keeping the business going and I also have a family, and I try not to burn out. So, trying to balance all of that is a challenge.” —Emily Kapit


“Whether it's work life or home life, I need to let go and let other people—that I know can learn, and want to learn, maybe grow into their skills a little more, and not just want to immediately take over—which any parent out there will tell you is skillset for being a parent. It's just all really true.” —Emily Kapit


“An accountability partner helps you to recalculate. The right person will understand real life happens and then work with you on a plan to actually reach those goals, whatever they might be.” —Emily Kapit


“As anyone running a small business knows, you need all the cheerleading you can get, right? It is a challenge each and every day, in a beautiful way, but to stop and actually celebrate those successes… You need to do it, because it helps you keep going and moving through the challenges that you're facing and moving towards increasing success.” —Emily Kapit



ReFresh Your Step

Connect with ReFresh Your Step on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook

Connect with Emily Kapit on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram

Suzanne Brown on Women Worldwide

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:57am EDT

What is art without community? For many artists, their work exists to create a dialogue with their audience or a greater collective. For today’s guest, looking, listening, sharing, and collaborating are inseparable from the paint, the place, and the form.


Meg Saligman, internationally recognized American artist, has produced over 40 permanent public artworks worldwide. Her practice stems from a deep desire to give a voice to communities through public art. She's received numerous awards in addition to the Visionary Woman Award, including the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Visionary Artist Award and honors from the National Endowment for the Arts. Meg has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Artnet, and on the Today Show.


Follow along to hear Meg’s advice for pursuing a creative career, how to become more integrated into our communities, and the positive ripple effect you have the power to create.


Today's episode of Women WorldWide, which features a Visionary Woman Award winner, is being sponsored by Moore College of Art & Design. Moore is the first and only women's visual arts college for undergraduates in the United States.


In This Episode

  • Experiences that led Meg to become an artist
  • How a digital world is influencing creative careers
  • One question everyone should ask themselves when choosing a career
  • How to create an open dialogue in a community
  • The ripple effect caused by positive experiences in your life


Quotes in This Episode

“I was probably in about junior high I saw my art teacher paint a watercolor flower and I remember just seeing that thinking, ‘Oh my god, if I could ever do that, that would be the most wonderful thing. I actually think about that moment sometimes when I'm out there painting in a community or out on the street like, ‘What if someone like me at that age sees me painting and somehow I turn a light on?’” —Meg Saligman


“Whatever your goals are—I am so motivated by just playing with paint all day. That's the way I want to spend my days—if that's your motivation you're willing to work hard, I believe the money will follow. I say go for it and see where it takes you.” —Meg Saligman


“I would want to tell [aspiring young women artists] you can't have everything but you can make conscious choices and set your mind on getting what you choose.” —Meg Saligman


“I consider myself a vessel with a vision. But the vessel can hold the collective and individual voices of the community.” —Meg Saligman


“There is no one path or there is no set of rules that a woman has to follow in order to be a good mom, a good wife, a good whatever role she's adapting I think. So that's the inner compass that I think should find it.” —Meg Saligman




Connect with Meg on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn

Direct download: MegSaligmanonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13am EDT

This year (and every year), how will you create the greatest possible impact in your career and in your life? Figuring out how to reach your maximum potential requires a great deal of passion and introspection. To get there, perhaps the best place to start is with a bit of motivational thinking.


Joining me on the show is Holly Dowling, global keynote speaker, inspirational thought leader, trainer, and consultant. Holly spends her time helping professionals to live life with a passion and to reach their fullest potential and serves as an expert in strength-based leadership, change of management, and corporate women's empowerment. If all that wasn’t already enough to keep her busy, she’s also the host of the podcast A Celebration of You.


If you need a January pick-me-up, look no further. Holly’s advice for surrounding yourself with positive people, pursuing your lifelong dreams and passions, and turning your darkest periods into your brightest days will energize you for the entire year ahead.


In This Episode

  • What it means to have a butterfly dream on your shoulder
  • How to energize and uplift the people around you
  • The positive impact dark periods of life can have
  • Where to find “balcony people” in your life
  • Three qualities all successful people share


Quotes in This Episode

“My mantra began, ‘Tell me no. Watch me go.’ … No matter what I want in this world, no matter what adversity I face, I can still do something magnificent. I believe everybody has that.” —Holly Dowling


“If there's one person in this room that [this experience] can make a difference for them, and it rekindles a hope and a spark of light in their own personal darkness, then that is why I'm there.” —Holly Dowling


“I chose to not live in ‘woe is me.’ I choose to live in ‘wow is me.’ And I'm not going to say it's easy. But I do believe it's a choice, and I choose joy every day.” —Holly Dowling


“Take these next 30 days to fall back in love with who you are. It's never too late to dream. How about relishing and celebrating who you are? And that has a lot to do with the stuff you've been through.” —Holly Dowling


“Is it networking or is it just being open to the world and the serendipitous moments that are around us and in front of us? I'm allowing myself to be open to everybody I meet.” —Holly Dowling




A Celebration of You Podcast

Connect with Holly on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Direct download: HollyDowlingonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:08pm EDT

We live in a lightning fast world. How do you make sure your business is keeping pace? According to today’s guest, the answer is by embracing failure and by preparing to change–fast.


Meet Brandi Boatner, the Social and Influencer Communications Lead for IBM Global Markets. Brandi has been working with IBM since 2010, and she has also served as a Digital Experience Manager for IBM Global Technology Services. She's currently the Chair of the IBM Black Network of New York Business Resource Group (BRG), and she's a founding member of the IBM Marketing Communications and Citizenship MCC Diversity Council. Through her work with IBM, she’s become an expert in adopting an agile framework to build more flexible, fast-paced teams.


Follow along as Brandi shares the inside-baseball on becoming an agile marketer, ways to embrace failure (and why you should!), plus the best advice she has ever received.


In This Episode

  • What it means to be an agile marketer
  • How agile principles apply to everyday tasks
  • Ways to combat (or keep up with) warp speed change
  • The best career and life advice Brandi’s ever received
  • How mindfulness can transform your life


Quotes in This Episode

“Fail fast and embrace that failure so that you can iterate, course correct, and then try again can apply an agile framework to whatever it is that [you’re] doing.” —Brandi Boatner


“We live in a three-second world, right? A three second, right-swipe world. If I can't do what I need to get done in 10 days, why am I doing this? Why?” —Brandi Boatner


“I've gotten rid of that mindset of, ‘This has to be perfect.’ It does not have to be perfect. There has to be progress made on the task… I celebrate progress not perfection.” —Brandi Boatner


“Change and comfort can't coexist, so you should be willing to have that uncomfortable conversation in order for you to implement the changes that you need as a professional and then as a business.” —Brandi Boatner


“People can define their success differently. You might ask somebody else, and they say success is money. Someone might say success is happiness, somebody might say anything, but for me I would really say success, for me, is growth. ” —Brandi Boatner



Email Brandi or connect with her on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram


Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Direct download: BrandiBoatneronWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

In our time producing Women Worldwide, I have spoken with people from all walks of life. I’ve interviewed entrepreneurs, inventors, and educators from around the world. But today is a first. I don't think we've ever had a volcanologist on the show. Meet Jess Phoenix, a professional field scientist who's running for the California Congress.


In addition to her hands-on work as a volcanologist and burgeoning political career, Jess is executive director, principal investigator and co-founder of a revolutionary environmental scientific research organization called Blueprint Earth. She's also a fellow in the Explorer's Club, a featured scientist on the Discovery Channel and Science Channel and a TEDx speaker. Her work has been covered in Popular Science Magazine, NASA's FameLab on National Public Radio, CNN international and on This Week in Science. Her mission is to inspire everyone to tap into their innate curiosity, igniting wonder about our planet and the world we live in.


Stay tuned to hear incredible stories from Jess’s professional life and find out how she’s using her scientific background to fuel political change and encourage people around her.


In This Episode

  • What entrepreneurs can learn from Jess’s episode with horse thieves
  • Proof it’s never too late to learn a new skill or passion
  • The benefits of leveraging social media
  • How doors open when you don’t shy away from saying ‘yes’
  • Why you don’t have to be the best at what you do


Quotes in This Episode

“Being curious about a number of different things is okay. You don't have to focus or specialize too early because you can change directions… You can get into things at any age. It doesn't require you doing it from when you're five or anything like that.” —Jess Phoenix


“You always have to think about what the greater cause is and that's what keeps you going even when it's rough 'cause it's not all fun and games. It's not all campfires—I mean sometimes you deal with horse thieves.” —Jess Phoenix


“We are humans, we are so adaptable. So that's what we have to do. We have to adapt to the challenges and that means be flexible, be creative, and solve those problems.” —Jess Phoenix


“It doesn't matter what your problem is, if it's an erupting volcano, a flat tire, God knows what! You just look at it, and you just take it apart, piece by piece. And you figure out how you're gonna get out of this situation you're in, and you just do your job.” —Jess Phoenix


“You don't have to be the best, but you have to be so good that they can't ignore you.” —Jess Phoenix



Jess Phoenix for Congress

Volcano Jess

Connect with Jess on Twitter, Facebook, and here and here on Instagram

Direct download: JessPhoenixonWomenWorldwide.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 8:25am EDT